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Lata Krishnan


American India Foundation

HQ Phone:  (646) 530-8977

Direct Phone: (510) ***-****direct phone

Email: l***@***.org


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American India Foundation

216 E. 45Th Street 7Th Floor

New York City, New York,10017

United States

Company Description

The American India Foundation is committed to disrupting poverty, catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Chief Financial Officer

Shah Capital Partners

Chief Financial Officer

shah management llc

Board Chair

Embrace Innovations

Corporate Accounting and Finance Positions

Arthur Andersen & Co.


Global Philanthropy Forum


SMART Modular Technologies Inc

Chief Financial Officer

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Board Member

American Leadership Forum


Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC


Indian Business and Professional Women


Roshni Academy


Commonwealth Club

Board Member

San Jose Repertory Theatre

Board Member

Enlighted Inc

Board Member

America's Foundation for Chess

Board Member

Non-Profit Soapbox

Board Member

Global Heritage Fund

Board of Trustees Member

Peninsula Community Foundation

Board Member

SVB Financial Group

Board Member

Community Foundation Silicon Valley

Board Member


Board Member

Krishnan Company


zBox Company Inc

Board Member

Cubus Corporation

Board Member





Chartered Accountants




Indus Women Leaders

Charter Member

C.E.O. Women

Board Member

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Board Member

New Avenue Systems Inc



B.S. with honors

London School of Economics


Web References(180 Total References)

Lata Krishnan given 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award - The Universal News Network [cached]

Lata Krishnan given 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award
Lata Krishnan given 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award AIF Co-Chair Lata Krishnan received the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award for her positive contributions to society with enduring impact, and her embodiment of qualities that make an individual's life worthy of admiration: generosity, ability to inspire and desire to make a difference in our world today and in our future tomorrow. Lata received the award from the Commonwealth Club, the leading national forum for discussion of public issues. Ms. Krishnan received a Bachelor of Science degree from the London School of Economics. Byy the age of 40 Lata Krishnan had co-founded a tech company that was sold for $2 billion, won recognition as Silicon Valley's highest paid female executive, had two kids, beat cancer, co-founded a booming tech investment firm and served as founding president of American India Foundation, the leading foundation by which desis funnel aid to India. Today Krishnan remains a happy homemaker who has established herself as a leading light in the Indian American community while serving as CFO of Shah Capital Partners which she co-founded with husband Ajay Shah. An example of the kinds of deals that have helped SCP thrive: in 2004 it led the $100 million buyout of Smart Modular Technologies, the same company Krishnan had co-founded in 1988 and sold to Solectron for $2 billion in 1999. Lata Krishnan was born 1961 in Palghat India. After spending a part of her childhood in Kenya, she attended the London School of Economics. She graduated in 1982, then stayed in London to work as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and Hill Vellacott. In 1986 she moved to San Francisco to become a financial analyst at Montgomery Asset Management. Two years later Krishnan, her husband Ajay Shah and Mukesh Patel co-founded a quick turnaround chipmaker to take advantage of the booming demand for commodity memory chips. In 1995 Krishnan organized Smart Modular's wildly successful IPO that won it recognition as one of the nation's most promising companies. By 1998 Krishnan's $3.9 million salary and options earned her the distinction of being the highest paid female executive in Silicon Valley. By 1999 Smart Modular had $1 bil. revenues and was profitable enough to catch the attention of competitor Solectron. That OEM chipmaker paid $2 billion to acquire SMT which was then 35% owned by Krishnan, Shah and Patel. Krishnan and Shah used a small part of the proceeds to seed Shah Capital Partners which has acquired a controlling interest in a half dozen promising tech companies.

Past Gardner Awards | American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley [cached]

Lata Krishnan, Class X, Vice Chair, American India Foundation

Advisory - Global Philanthropy Forum [cached]

Lata Krishnan
Chair, America India Foundation Chief Financial Officer, Shah Capital Partners

Board of Directors | American India Foundation [cached]

Ms. Lata Krishnan, Co-Chair
Chief Financial Officer, Shah Capital Partners

Lata Krishnan | Chief Financial Officer | Shah Capital Partners [cached]

Lata Krishnan, CFO, Shah Capital Partners
LATA KRISHNAN Chief Financial Officer Lata Krishnan is CFO for Shah Capital Partners. She was a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of SMART Modular Technologies, a publicly held company recognized as one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Fastest Growing Public Companies. Lata has also held corporate accounting and finance positions at Montgomery Securities, Arthur Andersen & Company LLP, and Hill Vellacott & Company in London, England. She received a B.S. with honors from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Lata is a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group. She is also the Chair of the American India Foundation (AIF) ( since being involved in its founding in 2001.

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